Wistaria and Lattinwell Cottages
Lord Willoughby de Broke's Itchington Estate map of 1769 shows that a John Smith owned various parts of the village. Smiths were prominent farmers at that time: Thomas rented Hill Farm in Itchington, his brother John rented and later bought Bishop's Farm in Tytherington, another brother farmed somewhere in Itchington while their sister Hannah married a Pullen at Tower Hill Farm. Very possibly this was the family that owned the two plots of land we are particularly concerned with: a V-shaped piece where Upper and Lower Lanes meet half-a-mile north of Itchington, and the adjacent field to the west, on the other side of Upper Lane (Tithe Award Nos 360 and 486).
The Smiths seem to have sold these fields about 1800, almost certainly to the Sansum family. In 1809 a house was built on the V- shaped plot; Lower Lane, then unimportant, ran between the house and its outbuildings. James Sansum had married Harriett Moxham in 1801 and probably built the house to accommodate their growing family, and perhaps also his widowed father William
Meanwhile, at Lattinwell,
Eliza died in 1859, her daughter Ann married George Lyons (from Ramoaks)
in 1862, her husband James remarried in 1863 to Elizabeth Pool and they
had a daughter Emily Eliza; but James died in 1867, and the 1871 census
shows George and Ann Lyons in occupation, with four young children and a
nursemaid aged 11. George Lyons lived on in Lattinwell until he died in
1907. George Pearce told me in 1978 that `Monny Lyons', a bachelor,
farmed a few acres at Lattinwell early in the century. Was this George
Lyons's son George (1876-1924)? Subsequently, Thomas Tavender, who
worked the quarry opposite Boyt's Farm in the '20s, lived at Lattinwell,
then William Fry for many years, followed by David Wilson and currently
Lattinwell Cottage pictured left.